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Donna in Hidalgo County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Donna

 
 
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Photographed By Larry D. Moore, August 27, 2021
1. Donna Marker
Inscription.  Two East Texas men, T. J. Hooks and A. F. Hester, began developing this area for settlement in the late 1890s. Through formation of the La Blanca Agricultural Co., they set up farms and irrigation systems and advertised the area's favorable climate and resources. In 1904, when a rail line was built here, they founded the town of Donna, named for T. J. Hooks' daughter. Ed Ruthven opened the first store and, in 1908, the town incorporated with R. P. Boeye as mayor. Since the earliest days of the 20th century, Donna has developed as one of the leading cities of the Rio Grande Valley.
 
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1251.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1904.
 
Location. 26° 10.224′ N, 98° 3.308′ W. Marker is in Donna, Texas, in Hidalgo County. Marker is on South 8th Street south of Hooks Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Donna TX 78537, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
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. Donna Hooks Fletcher (here, next to this marker); P.P. Ackley and the Texas Chisholm Trail (a few steps from this marker); American Legion Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Donna Central Elementary School (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1940 Train-Truck Collision (approx. 3.6 miles away); Gibson Park (approx. 3.6 miles away); Cpl. Harlon Block, USMC (approx. 3.8 miles away); Saint Joseph Catholic Church (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Donna.
 
Donna Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, August 27, 2021
2. Donna Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2021, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 253 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2021, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.

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